Cosy Sheridan

Cosy Sheridan has been called “one of the era’s finest and most thoughtful singer/songwriters.” (West Side Folk) She first caught the attention of national folk audiences in 1992 when she won both the Kerrville Folk Festival’s NewFolk Award and The Telluride Bluegrass Festival Troubadour Contest, then released her critically-acclaimed debut CD Quietly Led on Waterbug Records. 

She has released nine CDs, her music is featured in the Robert Fulghum multi-media novel The Third Wish and she tours consistently throughout the US. Her concerts are wide-ranging explorations of modern mythology (meet Hades the Biker), love songs for adults, contemporary philosophy for the thoughtfully-minded and her signature parody on aging and women. Throughout this journey, her lyrical dexterity is backed by her distinctive, percussive bluesy-gospel guitar style.

A guitar student of instrumental luminaries such as Guy Van Duser and Eric Schoenberg and a voice student at The Berklee School of Music, she brings a depth of experience to her craft. For the past 18 years, she has taught classes in songwriting, performance and guitar at workshops and adult music camps across the country including The Puget Sound Guitar Workshop and The Swannanoa Gathering. In 2008 she co-founded The Moab Folk Camp.


Songwriting Games – Cosy Sheridan

As we journey along our road as a songwriter, we might find that we develop grooves in the blacktop: habits of how to start a song, and how to develop it. Here’s a chance to open the window and let a fresh breeze blow through your songwriting vehicle. We are looking for beginner’s mind, and maybe a little surprise. What if we approach our songwriting as a game? This class is about loosening up, and removing our critic from the playing field. We might discover that some of our deepest levels are found through play.

How’s your song coming along? – Cosy Sheridan

This class will be a safe place to try out your song. Maybe you’re still writing it, or you wrote it last winter and you’re not sure if it’s done. Bring that song that keeps hitting the wall in the middle of the 2nd verse; or the chorus that won’t get along with any of its verses. Each day we will listen to each other’s songs and help each other move our songs forward – with compassionate listening and feedback. We’ll talk about songwriting, too – how do we start some new songs, or finish older ones. Come to listen or come to sing – everyone is invited.